I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love the coming coolness of Fall, I love the sounds of school, I love the bounty of the garden. I hate staring at that bounty and not having time to process it. I hate the mess that processing creates. I hate cooking dinner after I have canned all day. Love it or hate it, the time is here.
This is the recipe I used for my first tomato sauce experience. I followed it with the exception of using a food mill or strainer. I like the skin and seeds. Extra fiber and nutrition never bothered me. Plus, I will be using this in other recipes so I doubt it will ever be noticed.
My sweet neighbors had an excess of tomatoes and were so kind to share.
I cored them and cut out any bad spots.
(Notice the nice new GIANT sink?!)
Then I cut the tomatoes into quarters.
I stewed them for 20 minutes.
I let them cool a bit before I processed them until they were smooth. This took awhile because I had to do the 'maters in small batches.
Then it went back into the pot to simmer with the lid off so it will reduce into sauce.
Then I packed it into hot jars and water-bathed them for 40 minutes. I can't wait to use them!
My joy at being done with that job was short-lived. This was waiting for me!
I love to see the jars lined up.
It would not be a canning day if this did not happen at least once. It is always disappointing.
Goodbye little jalapeños.
It's hard to be sad for long with this little toot around!